also i have a lot of feelings about mako and stacker

strikersindanger  asked:

Chuck and Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaleigh for that ask meme of course!

Yeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssss. I like this.

So. I’ma answer for Raleigh first. The things I keep in mind when writing him that help me keep his character close to hand are:

1. Under everything else, Raleigh is loyal. If he takes you into his heart, you’re in his heart forever. He might be impetuous, he might accidentally get you into shenanigans, but he’ll also get you out of any trouble that might start. Even to his own detriment, he will save the people he loves if they can at all be saved.

2. Unfortunately, that means he takes his losses even heavier to heart, so when something goes wrong, it’s even more devastating. Whether Yancy is alive or not in my fics, Raleigh always feels like he has failed him, and that both steadies him and leaves him adrift, depending on the severity of The Yancy Incident. It informs his every move afterward, both tempering his impulsiveness and making him wary of allowing in new people all willy-nilly.

3. Finally, Raleigh may be carrying a weight of grief, loss, and guilt, but he is and will always be good-hearted and can always be coaxed to smile. He is a tragic character, yes, but he is also such a gloriously expressive one. We want to see him smile, not just because he deserves it but because he looks like the sun coming out after a storm.

Now, for Chuck:

1. The death of his mother is NOT the sole creator of his personality because the trouble in their family didn’t spring from her death. Herc and Angela had canon marital trouble stemming from his refusal to retire from or even scale back his involvement in service. Chuck was 10 years old when his mother died; he was a brilliant, observant child who would already feel and understand at least some of that tension, which would have already started some of the friction with his father. Thus, Angela doesn’t have to have died in a fic to have the same tense dynamic between Herc and Chuck. Which is good, because I like it when she lives.

2. I think a lot of Chuck’s sense of self-worth springs not only from his accomplishments but from forcing Herc to acknowledge them. Like the “he’s more my co-pilot, right, Dad?” snark in the mess hall scene. It’s not enough that he’s a record-setting kaiju-killing machine. He wants Herc to admit it. In my opinion, this comes not from his understandable-to-a-point anger at Herc for saving him instead of Angela but from an over-developed sense of survivor guilt. He wants to have been WORTH saving, worth his mother’s life. And he never feels like he is, though he comes close when Herc grudgingly admits he’s a badass.

3. Like Raleigh, I think Chuck is good-hearted under all the bluster and attitude and arrogance and rage. He proves it several times over - the little nod after the Double Event, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Raleigh and Mako while Stacker makes his speech, not putting up even a token argument about flipping the switch on his own death in hopes of clearing the way for someone else to grab the victory. He even readies his switch first. But he proves it nowhere better than in his relationship with Max. Dogs know, man. If Chuck really was an irredeemable jackass, Max wouldn’t have anything to do with him. Max knows all that is just surface camouflage and that underneath it, Chuck is a scared kid who wanted a life but knew he likely wouldn’t have it.

So!

Those are the most important things I keep in mind any time I write these two. Their situations may change. They may be in an AU. Everybody may have lived, dead parents included.

But these things do not change. They are, to me, the bedrock of these two clownshoes we love so much. For me, this is why they are such endless wellsprings of inspiration for new stories.

They’re good characters, Bront.

Okay so I KNOW that Stacker Pentecost is gr8 at knowing people, and Herc Hansen was smart enough to pilot every generation of Jaeger ever, but just consider:

Team Hot Dads, au or otherwise, where they are actively – nay, aggressively – unaware of how hot they are, and how much the entire Shatterdome (minus maybe Chuck, who does not need to see fantasies in the Drift, thanks Dad) ships them.  

(letmebeyourcopilot)

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Raleigh's Positive / Supportive Leadership Appreciation...

I know we love to joke a lot about Raleigh being a “puppy”, and the fandom enjoys drawing him or representing him as somewhat submissive when it comes to Mako… But let’s be serious for a minute here.

Raleigh in the Conn-pod is the dominant co-pilot. He is the veteran, i.e. the one with the most experience; and when it comes down to it, probably the one carrying the greatest level of responsibility in their part of the mission.

He is essentially in the position of being “a leader”, and in the movie behaves as such when it comes to Mako.

But Raleigh is a positive leader; someone that leads through empowering others, in part because he is so secure in his own power that someone else’s power is of absolutely no threat to him, on the contrary.

What some people see as being “submissive”, is I believe simply him acknowledging, valuing, and actively nurturing the potential and the strength of another human being. It’s him caring and connecting strongly enough with what he sees in someone else, that putting those needs first easily becomes second nature.

It’s a leadership style where one guides without assuming control. Where you can fully make a conscious decision of putting your partner to the forefront because yes, you do see them as your equal, you do see what they are capable of, and you feel so strongly about it that you want to give them as many chances as they possibly can to reach and develop their own potential.

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And if they end up being more successful or earning more recognition than you do? GOOD! If, in turn, they excel so much at what they do that they can end up guiding others in return; and you even end up being the one relying on them? EVEN BETTER!

Because you didn’t stand in the way of what these people were able to accomplish, you allowed and encouraged it to happen.

And in the end, you are stronger for it. You contributed to something bigger than yourself, and that person – with all of their talents – will also bring something into the world.

You pushed the human race forward instead of holding someone back for fear that they could be better than you - for fear of losing control over something that never was yours to control in the first place.

And to be comfortable in that role, it usually takes a lot of confidence in your own abilities and in who you are.

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pink-lightsabre  asked:

do you have any pacific rim and/or some mako/raleigh headcanons?

@watch-you-work-the-room HELL YES I DO I AM SO FIRED UP FOR PACIFIC RIM HEADCANONS FUCK YES

*JAEGER SIRENS BLARE*

  • So whether you ship them romantically or not (sort of on the fence about that myself) I think we can agree that Mako and Raleigh are going to stay together post-kaiju war. It never even occurs to them. When everything is said and done, all the speeches are made and the base is shut down for good, Raleigh just turns to Mako and ask “What now?”
  • They get a sunny apartment in Hong Kong. It’s a little bittersweet, being so near where they lost so many people, but it didn’t feel right to leave either. A monument goes up in the bay, for Stack and Chuck, the Kaidonovsky, the triplets, and they can see it if they stand on the roof.
  • They rescue a couple of friendly mutts, lovingly named Banjo and Wasabi
  • Raleigh flagrantly abuses their drift compatibility by introducing Mako to laser tag, and they spend a great after noon terrorizing twelve year olds to get on the wall of fame
  • Mako pays him back by introducing him to Just Dance, where they promptly shatter all previously held high scores
  • They’re just generally having a blast
  • They use each other as furniture. Raleigh enters a room, leans on Mako instead of a wall. He rests his chin on her shoulder to look at stuff she’s trying to show him on her laptop. She joins him on the couch and immediately puts her legs in his lap. 
  • Mako uses emojis WAY more then you would guess
  • She steals Raleigh’s sweaters because they’re bigger and warmer. He steals her socks because they’re cuter and more colorful. He always stretches them and she haTES IT
  • Things they do a lot: 1.) share headphones. 2.) forget that they’re sharing headphones and have a terrible accident when Raleigh gets up to pee
  • He pees more than anyone Mako has ever met in her life and she’ll never stop giving him shit for it
  • McDonald’s made Happy Meal Toys of all the last Jaegers and their pilots and Raleigh get every single once. He keeps them on a shelf over the sink. He ate so many McNuggets to get those things, you better believe they’re going somewhere special.
  • Of course they have an internet presence. Mako has a very active Twitter account, where she answers all kinds of questions about the PPDC, the Jaegers and kaiju, her workouts, what she’s reading, dumb Raleigh questions etc. She can’t believe people want to know so much about her
    • “What kind of presents do you buy for Raleigh?” 
    • “Socks mostly”
  • She also has an Instagram that’s mostly pictures of her food or the dogs, the ocean and the sunrise, and the occasional workout selfie. All of her pictures are perfectly centered and lit; she’s too much of a perfectionist to post anything else.
  • Every once in a while she posts a picture from the war days - Stacker fixing his tie, oblivious of the camera; Mako and a bunch of mechanics taking a selfie in front of Gipsy Dangers; Herc Hansen fast asleep with Max on his chest. Those always blow up the internet for a day or two.
  • Raleigh doesn’t get Twitter (he takes over Mako’s sometimes) but his Instagram is a gem. It’s all pictures of the dogs and off-center excited selfies of him and Mako going places and sharing other people’s Jaeger artwork. 

aseariel  asked:

So I can't remember if you've already mentioned this but I love how when Raleigh does fight Chuck, he doesn't win until he starts fighting like Mako. Raleigh can't beat Chuck fighting like Chuck. Then today I wondered if maybe that wasn't the first time Mako beat Chuck in a fight, just the first time it was through a proxy. And if they were friends as kids, and something happened that he would say the things he said to her... how would it feel to get floored by someone else who took his place?

YES HELLO GOOD EVENING THIS IS A DISCUSSION I AM 1000% HERE FOR

I ALWAYS HIT THE TAG LIMIT WHEN I TAGFIC ABOUT THIS SUBJECT

SO I’M JUST GONNA PUT THIS IN THE BODY

I DON’T CARE HOW MANY PEOPLE BUST IN WITH “THAT WAS A BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU MOVE IT TOTALLY MAKES SENSE FOR RALEIGH TO DO THAT” 

(OR MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE RESPONSE: “I like Mako as much as the next guy, but not everything is about her?” HAHA FUCK OFF YES IT IS)

WE SAW SOME FINESSE FROM RALEIGH IN THE KWOON SCENE ONCE HE REALIZED HE HAD TO BRING HIS A-GAME WITH MAKO

THAT WAS A DIALOGUE, NOT A FIGHT

WHEN HE THROWS DOWN

WELL THEY CUT THE SCENE WHERE HE SHOVED THE WALL CONSTRUCTION FOREMAN’S HEAD INTO A BEER CAN

BUT THAT’S A THING THAT HAPPENED

WHEN RALEIGH THROWS DOWN IT IS BRUTE FORCE ELBOW ROCKET NO PULSE TANKER SHIP 

RALEIGH FIGHTS LIKE A JAEGER AND SO DOES CHUCK

AND I’M NOT GOING TO GO SO FAR AS TO SAY HE COULDN’T HAVE BEATEN CHUCK WHILE FIGHTING LIKE CHUCK

JUST THAT RALEIGH CONSISTENTLY TAKES HIS ADVANTAGES FROM SURPRISE ATTACKS AND HE USED THAT UP FIRST THING (AND IT NEVER CEASES TO BE GLORIOUS)

SO IF THEY HAD JUST KEPT THROWING EACH OTHER INTO WALLS AND PIPES BECAUSE RARRR BRAWNY MANFIGHT IT PROBABLY WOULD HAVE GONE ON A LOT LONGER

ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO MY PARA-CANON FRIEND THE PACIFIC RIM NOVELIZATION

THAT’S DURING THE FUCKING KWOON SCENE AND YES I HAVE IT HIGHLIGHTED AND NOTED FOR REFERENCE

IF THEY HAD LEFT IT IN THE FINISHED FILM IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A MOMENT OF SYMMETRY AND PEOPLE WOULD BE GIFING IT LEFT AND RIGHT 

FORTUNATELY WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE THIS

AND EVEN THOUGH THEY DIDN’T MAKE IT ABUNDANTLY CLEAR IN THE FINISHED FILM THAT THE SLAP WAS WHERE RALEIGH’S CUSTOMARY FIGHTING STYLE ENDED AND MAKO’S BEGAN 

CHUCK’S FACE RIGHT AFTER THE SLAP?

HE KNOWS

HE KNOWS HE’S BONED

TWO MOVES LATER HE IS ON THE DECK

HOW DOES IT FEEEEEEEEEEEEEL

MAKO STEPS UP WITH A “STOP. NOW.” IN THE HARDEST VOICE WE’VE HEARD FROM HER IN THE WHOLE DAMN MOVIE UP TO THAT POINT

MAKO STEPS UP BECAUSE CHUCK JUST FLICKED RALEIGH’S CHEST

CHUCK DID THAT WHOLE SPIEL TO GET A RISE OUT OF MAKO

STARING RIGHT AT HER AND SAYING “GODDAMN DISGRACE” DIDN’T DO IT 

BUT TOUCHING MAKO’S CO-PILOT? 

RIGHT AFTER HE DOES THAT CHUCK SHIFTS TO THE RIGHT

HE ORIENTS HIS BODY TOWARD MAKO

WHAT IS HE EXPECTING HER TO DO

NOT THE FIRST TIME INDEED

NOT THE FIRST TIME HE’S GOADED HER INTO IT EITHER

POSSIBLY MY FAVORITE CONCEPT IN THIS *ENTIRE MOVIE* IS MAKO AND CHUCK AS MIRRORS OF EACH OTHER

LOLYUP

SAME ANGER

SAME DRIVE

PUTTING THEM OPPOSITE EACH OTHER RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW PEOPLE DEAL WITH SIMILAR TRAGEDIES

HOW DO WE DIRECT GRIEF

WHERE DO WE PLACE RESPONSIBILITY

THEY’RE A LOT ALIKE BUT THEY USED TO BE MORE ALIKE

IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS CHUCK HAS BECOME A ROCK STAR 

MAKO HAS BEEN WORKING AS A TECH

NEITHER ONE OF THEM HAD ANYTHING CLOSE TO A PROPER ADOLESCENCE BUT MAKO AT LEAST HAS HAD A CHANCE TO GROW UP A LITTLE

SHE HAS STAYED ON THE SIDELINES NOT OUT OF OBEDIENCE BUT RESPECT

WHATEVER THEIR RELATIONSHIP WAS AS TEENAGERS AND AS ACADEMY CLASSMATES OR NOT DEPENDING ON WHICH TIMELINE YOU PREFER

SHE IS NO LONGER THE HORNET’S NEST CHUCK USED TO KICK

DID HE EXPECT THE PUNCH TO COME FROM HER

DID HE EXPECT A JAB TO THE THROAT

DID HE EXPECT A VERBAL SMACKDOWN EQUAL TO THOSE HE DISHED OUT THROUGHOUT THE FILM UP TO THAT POINT

OR WAS SHE GOING TO KEEP STEPPING UP INTO HIS PERSONAL SPACE UNTIL HE STUMBLED BACKWARD ALL THE WAY DOWN THE CORRIDOR WHICH IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE OPTION

WHATEVER CHUCK EXPECTED

WHATEVER HE WAS TRYING TO GET FROM HER

IT WASN’T HIS HEAD SNAPPING BACK FROM RALEIGH’S FIST

HOW DOES IT FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEL

A Public Service Announcement

Alright, so I’m going to go on a bit of a rant here. This is gonna be a long one, kids. I’ve had a bit of a day.

Recently, as in the past maybe month or so, I’ve been seeing a lot of anon hate going around. I’m probably not about to say anything that hasn’t been said, but I really just want to get my thoughts out there because I’m still fuming, even though I waited about an hour before sitting down to write this. I then took a nap and waited another couple of hours, but I find I’m still in agreement with my impulse and instinct. 

Specifically, I can’t entirely speak for other fandoms, but in the Pacific Rim fandom, I’ve seen both hate for Original Characters and hate for Canon Characters. Not only is this not okay, but it’s really not okay. First off, if someone went through the trouble to make an original character, they’re probably more creative and useful to the fandom than the hate spewing grey face in their inbox. 

We need original content to continue moving forward as a fandom - we’re not getting another movie, at least not for a long time, if we do. Our sources are limited. Not everyone can pick a character from the series and play it, otherwise things would get dreadfully stale. 

Which leads me to my next point. Just because you don’t like how someone plays ‘your favorite character,’ doesn’t mean you should spit your filth into their inbox. They don’t ship your OTP? Oh, boo hoo. Everyone–everyoneis entitled to their own vision of the character. It’s already difficult to take on the role of an established character, you have to live up to your own expectations and the information from the story, and then try to make a mark and compare to the other fine people writing on this website. 

Getting hate from some asshole who isn’t even courageous to show their own face doesn’t do anything other than make someone who is already going out on a metaphorical limb by submitting their original character or their own interpretation of an established character into a more bitter and cynical soul. Someone who had the courage to get out there and make good art is now hurt because some cowardly douchebag who chose to project their nasty and rude personal beliefs in an entirely wasteful manner. 

Hateful anons contribute nothing. They are detrimental to what is an overall wonderful and loving community. By submitting something that degrades another roleplayer or person, you are detracting both from this fandom and from yourself. You should be ashamed. 

Besides, dearest anon, no one is forcing you to follow these blogsYou do not have to read their roleplays. You do not have to look at the undesired memes. You do not even have to think about them. But the moment you reach out and insult someone or degrade them as a person, you lose the right to breathe the same air as the people in the community who are kind and respectful. 

If you feel like you honest to god just have to say something, why don’t you spend maybe five minutes and give constructive criticism. Telling someone to leave the fandom or stop roleplaying because you don’t like their style is both completely inadequate and entirely unhelpful. Once again, everyone is entitled to write the way they want. If you don’t like it, don’t read their posts

Not only is anon hate not acceptable, but it’s made doubly so by sending it to a roleplay blog. The blog is that of a character. The moment you bring the mun into it, you are crossing a line that should never be crossed. The mun’s existence is sacred and should be protected. If a mun volunteers information about themselves, again, this is a sacred trust, they are trusting the people who follow them to accept them as they are. 

Do not bring personal issues into anon messagesIf you have something to say to someone, send it via fan mail and be respectful so that they can reply in kind, privately.Or send it to them via an outside mode of chat–that shit doesn’t belong on anon, nor does it belong on a roleplayer’s blog. A mun should never be forced to sit there and defend themselves or a friend publicly because you have some sort of personal vendetta against this mun or that. 

How dare you presume to have the right to tell someone to go die, delete, or any of the other multitudes of disgusting words that I’ve seen from anons. It is just wrong. Ethically and personally, I sincerely believe that this is a line–if you disagree, that’s fine. I didn’t post this to argue with you about it, I won’t, in fact. 

It takes a special kind of cunt to cut someone down anonymously. 

If you are following me and are guilty of hate, anon or otherwise, I think that you should probably just click the little minus button, because I don’t want to be associated with you. Please shoot me a personal message so that I can also unfollow you, because I’ve no interest in being a part of your hate campaigns. 

I don’t care if I lose followers for this, I needed to get it out there, it needed to be said. I’m so fucking tired of seeing people that I really enjoy reading getting disheartened because of ignorant jerks.